When trying to decide on the perfect gift for your loved ones you may be surprised to find that some of the most desired presents may be crafted by some of our talented local artisans.
Music City Market Place. Locally crafted jewelry, clothing, home goods and food will all be right at your fingertips. All take on an innovative approach to tackling the art and culture of our great city. If you have a person in mind and know their interests, preferences and amount you are willing to spend, someone from the market place can customize your gift. There is a big Music City Market Place sign on the window of this downtown building so you cannot miss it. 150 4th Ave. N Suite G250 Nashville, TN 37219. (615)259-4787. www.musiccitymarketplace.com.
Handmade Studio TN. Every kitchen has room for some extra ceramics whether it be plates, mugs or dinnerware. Due to the designing and sculpturing process, no two pieces will look exactly the same. For the artsy at heart, this business offers workshops with the creator where you will be directed step-by-step as you create your own special pieces. You may just discover a hidden talent. 100 Taylor St. Studio A23 Nashville, TN 37208. https://handmadestudiotn.com.
Music City Suds. If you have always wondered what soap superstars Lady Antebellum and Trace Atkins use, the secret is now out. The name of the soap is Music City Suds. The best part is there are no artificial colors or additives that will upset your skin. Your friend or family member is sure to smile when he or she opens the soap that is wrapped in none other than reclaimed sheet music. Annex Ave. Nashville, TN 37209. https://musiccitysuds.com.
Art & Invention Gallery. Whether you are looking for metalwork, furnishings, wooden toys, crafts or just something new and different, this is your spot. This gallery has received many words of praise including recently being named one of the top 50 shops in the southeast. If you prefer to take on a do-it-yourself project, the gallery offers workshops throughout the season where you can try your hands at a new skill. 1106 Woodland St. Nashville, TN 37206. (615)226-2070. www.artandinvention.com.
Porter Flea Market. There will be a holiday market on December 7 and 8 at the Nashville Fairgrounds. It can be a one-stop-shop for all of your holiday gifting needs. You may even spot some items that you cannot resist taking home for yourself. Some popular items at the market include apparel, photography, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, home goods, beauty products and more. 625 Smith Ave. Nashville, TN 37203. www.porterflea.com.
Hey Rooster General Store. For the creative, artsy person you can find beautiful paper products like calendars, books, planners, prints, frames and cards. For the fashionista, there are great options for apparel, jewelry, totes and shoes. Once you have accessorized your wardrobe you can move on and accessorize your home with candles and body products from the apothecary. Tea towels are always popular and feature designs like wildflowers, wine and cheese, winter, herbs, tomatoes, beer and Nashville boots. 1711 21st Ave. S Nashville, TN 37212. www.heyrooster.com.
Inner Sun Soap. This business was started by a local mother who was looking for a solution to her son’s skin condition. The quality bath and body products are meant to soothe and improve skin. The owner uses her knowledge about skincare and wellness and makes sure to only purchase sustainable and organic products from trustworthy sources. https://innersunsoap.com.
linenlaid&felt. Handmade sketchbooks, wedding guest books, photo albums, journals and more can add a magical touch to the holiday. The bookbinder who owns the business does everything from folding pages to stitching binding. Those who are interested can attend classes and learn how to bind books themselves. https://linenlaidfet.com.
Thistle Farms. When you purchase natural body and home products from this business you are helping women survivors find peace and independence as they heal. You can choose from bath and shower items, moisturizers, oils, candles and room sprays, textiles and décor, books, tea, jewelry, accessories and more. 5122 Charlotte Pike Nashville, TN 37209. (615)298-1140. https://thistlefarms.org.
Batch Nashville. This business flaunts the slogan handcrafted handpicked happiness. Located in the Nashville Farmer’s Market, there is something here for everyone on your shopping list. You can shop with confidence knowing that this business was voted Best New Retail Store by Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville Readers’ Poll in 2015. (615)913-3912. https://batchusa.com.
Laura Lea Bryant (pictured), Nashville based Celebrity Holistic Chef makes her suggestions for places to buy some original locally made gifts:
Olive and Sinclair Chocolate:
Olive & Sinclair is Tennessee’s first and only bean-to-bar chocolate company. Slow-roasted and stone-ground, O&S was founded in 2007. O&S take particular pride in their take on bean-to-bar chocolate known as ‘Southern Artisan Chocolate’.
Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Factory
1628 Fatherland Street – Nashville, TN 37206
Creator of Handmade designer. Every piece in their collection has passed through many skilled hands: from gem miners all over the world, to stonecutters in India, to metal suppliers in New Mexico, to the talented artisans in their Nashville and Atlanta studios.
While living in Ethiopia, founder Barrett Ward saw first hand how extreme poverty forced young women, generation after generation, to resort to prostitution as a means of supporting themselves and their families.
The goal was to provide an alternative that would give these women an opportunity to earn a living, empowering them to end the cycle of poverty that kept them trapped.
ABLE has grown from producing a single collection of hand-woven scarves to a one-stop shop for ethical fashion, offering leather goods, handmade jewelry, denim, clothing and footwear. https://www.livefashionable.com/
Little Seed Farm:
At Little Seed Farm, they craft organic soap and skincare designed to ‘nourish and rejuvenate your skin while also being gentle on the environment’. Their products are sustainably produced on the farm using solar energy with only the most effective, high quality natural ingredients. https://littleseedfarm.com/
Nutritionist Lindsey Joe of the Meal Planning makes her suggestions for some healthy gifts to give.
7/8 Springs Leggings by Outdoor Voices ($85)
12 South’s newest neighbor, Outdoor Voices, is making fans left and right with their approachable apparel for active lifestyles. Their signature 7/8 Springs Leggings come in various tri-colors that the fit friend in your life with love.
Where to pick it up: 2309 12th Ave South, Nashville TN 37204
Deodorant Creams by Little Seed Farm ($14)
This aluminum-free and baking soda-free deodorant will leave you feeling and smelling fresh for all 24 hours in the day. It’s a local favorite that just so happens to make the perfect stocking stuffer!
Where to pick up: Kroger or check their website https://littleseedfarm.com/ for additional shops.
Gift Card from I Love Juice Bar ($25-100)
Love juice, but don’t have a home juicing system? Gift an I Love Juice Bar gift card to a loved one always on-the-go. With locations all throughout Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Hendersonville, Mt. Juliet and Murfreesboro, they’re sure to find some fuel they can feel good about.
Where to pick up: At any I Love Juice Bar location or online https://ilovejuicebar.com/shop
Multi-Collagen Protein Stick Pack by Ancient Nutrition ($9.95)
If you’re a fan and follower of local health guru, Dr. Josh Axe, you’re going to love his newest line of supplements. The product line includes collagen, a fast growing protein powder alternative.
Where to pick up: Online https://store.draxe.com/
Amai Matcha by Firepot Nomadic Teas ($15.99)
Get your green tea fix at home by sharing the healthy goodness of this popular drink with someone you love this holiday season. They’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to enjoy a homemade matcha latte!
Where to pick up: 2905 12th Ave S, Nashville TN 37204